This minor will enrich our students’ development towards religious and cultural competency. Religion, like culture itself, consists of systematic patterns of beliefs, values, and behaviors, acquired by people as members of their societies. These patterns are systematic because their manifestations are regular in occurrence and expression: they are shared by members of a group. Within all religions, however, there is no homogeneity; there are differences of interpretation of principles and meanings. Engaging the study of religion from an interfaith perspective, this minor will cultivate religious and cultural competency in light of the diverse and pluralistic religio-sociological heritage of humanity. This study will enable students to identify areas of misunderstanding, address attitudes and practices shaped by those misunderstandings, and build bridges between faiths and cultures.
18 credits are required to complete the minor. Outside of the core courses, students may take no more than six elective credits in any one discipline because the program is interdisciplinary in nature.
In addition to the two core courses, each student will take 4 elective courses from the list below or he/she may choose to follow an identified cluster of courses that would best suit his/her professional career. Courses shall be selected with approval of the Director of the program. If the student has opted for a cluster he/she will be advised as to the courses that may best meet the objectives of that cluster.
Health and Human Services
Faith, Peace and Conflict Resolution
Faith and Pastoral Services
Art, Faith and Literature
Social Work and Civic Engagement